If the reviews of your concert describe your singing as orotund, you can pop open the champagne — your reviewers have noticed your full, rich sound.

On the other hand, if you've just given a speech and the TV commentators ridicule it as orotund, moralistic, and meaningless, you might want to drop out of sight for a few weeks. You've been called out for your pompous, self-important style. Orotund comes from the Latin word ore, "mouth," and rotundo, "make round." So orotund sounds are what you make with a rounded mouth, which is good if you're singing, but pretentious if you're not.

Definitions of orotund
  1. adjective
    ostentatiously lofty in style
    synonyms: bombastic, declamatory, large, tumid, turgid
    given to rhetoric, emphasizing style at the expense of thought
  2. adjective
    (of sounds) full and rich
    orotund tones”
    synonyms: pear-shaped, rotund, round
    (of sound) having marked deepness and body
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